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Mill and Mountain fires damage map | Heat wave continues  | Accelerated tree death

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The latest North State and California news on our airwaves for Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Cal Fire releases damage assessment map for Mill and Mountain fires

Cal Fire’s Siskiyou County Unit released its damage assessment map for buildings destroyed in both the Mill and the Mountain fires. The agency said Tuesday that 125 structures have been damaged or destroyed in the Mill Fire and 4 structures were destroyed in the Mountain Fire.

Adia White, NSPR 

Ecologists say heat wave may cause tree deaths

Some parts of California saw record temperatures Tuesday and the high heat is projected to continue through Friday. Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, said heat waves accelerate tree death as trees are unable to extract water from extremely dry soil.

— CapRadio Staff

Overnight temperatures remain high during California’s heat wave

California continues to swelter during a historic heat wave and overnight temperatures have remained in the 90s in the Sacramento Valley region and Sierra foothills. This lack of overnight recovery has become a signature of recent fall heat waves, according to climate scientists, with lower elevations warming faster than other regions.

— CapRadio Staff

Wildfires can raise air temperatures, scientists say

Researchers are working to learn more about how wildfires are impacting our climate. Dr. Ruby Leung, a climatologist with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, said wildfires emit tiny particles which absorb sunlight and increase atmospheric temperatures. She said more research is needed to better understand their impacts.

— Ken Devol, NSPR

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Sarah is an award-winning reporter, producer and editor. She’s worked at North State Public Radio for six years and was previously the station’s News Director before leaving to study at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Ken came to NSPR through the back door as a volunteer, doing all the things that volunteers do. Almost nothing – nothing -- in his previous work experience suggests that he would ever be on public radio.
Angel Huracha has been a part of the journalism field since 2006 and has covered a range of topics. He is a graduate of Chico State with a Bachelor's degree in news-editorial and public relations with a minor in English.
Adia White is a broadcast journalist and producer with nearly 10 years of experience. Her work has appeared on WNYC, This American Life, Capital Public Radio and other local and national programs. She started at North State Public Radio as a freelance reporter in 2017 before leaving for a stint at Northern California Public Media in Santa Rosa.